Columbo: Season 5, Episode 2

A Case of Immunity (12 Oct. 1975)

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The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Hassan Salah
Rachman Habib
Police Commissioner
Brioni Farrell ...
Xenia (as Xenia Gratsos)
Barry Robins ...
The King
Dick Dinman ...
George Skaff ...
Nate Esformes ...
André Lawrence ...
Alafa (as Andre Lawrence)
Bill Zuckert ...
Capt. August
2nd Picketer
Harvey Gold ...
Jay Varela ...
Capt. Ortega


Columbo has to solve a crime at the embassy of a middle-east nation. The culture there is different, and the main suspects have diplomatic immunity. Also, to complicate matters, there is a student demonstration outside the gates, and the king is visiting the embassy. However, Columbo decides to investigate the matter in his own persistent way. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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Jeff Goldblum is an extra in the crowd demonstrating in the scene outside of the embassy. See more »


When Columbo is poured tea in the final scene, he holds the tea cup and saucer in his left hand, the handle of the tea cup turned towards his right hand. When the camera angle changes, he is seen holding the saucer in his right hand and immediately grabs the tea cup with his left hand to drink from it. See more »


2nd Protester: Why the big interest?
Lt. Columbo: I'm fuzz.
2nd Protester: That's cool.
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One of the less well written Columbo movies, despite having a good concept.
24 July 2008 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The main concept of the movie is enjoyable and original but not really credible though. Why would someone with diplomatic immunity, in an area where the LAPD has no jurisdiction, ever allow the police to interstage. Someone with diplomatic immunity could of course had also very easily covered up a murder without much intervention. Instead they give full cooperation to the police, which is of course a big mistake from them, especially when Columbo is on the case. There also many clues left out for them, making this one of the most poorly planned out murder-plots from any Columbo movie. You would expect something more clever and better planned from an high ranking important foreign diplomat.

It also gets never explained in the movie why the first murder ever got committed, making this really one of the less great written Columbo movies, despite having an interesting and original premise.

Still the movie remains a good and enjoyable one to watch, also really thanks to the movie its cast. Of course Peter Falk is great as lieutenant Columbo. Hector Elizondo plays a worthy competitor for the good old lieutenant. Elizondo is a great actor, who fits the role well, despite that he of course is not Arabic, while his character is. The movie also features well known movie star Sal Mineo but in a quite small role. It was one of his final roles before he got murdered on the street, in 1976. The movie is of course mostly about Columbo and his confrontations and interrogations with the Hector Elizondo character, like every Columbo movie goes. Especially the confrontation toward the end, when Columbo is making his accusations and is saying the Elizondo character is lying, is a great one.

It's quite amusing to see Columbo mingle in this one with many important country delegates and even with a king.

It isn't the Columbo movie with the best or most steady pace. The movie isn't always fast going. Luckily the movie is not too long with its mere 73 minutes of running time. It's funny though how IMDb never seems to have the running times right for any Columbo movie.

Seems like Ted Post just wasn't the best director the Columbo series ever had. Also his other later Columbo movie "Columbo: A Matter of Honor" isn't among the best in the long running series that spread over many decades. The directing just isn't lively or original enough. It's the effective sort of directing for TV work, that is just never anything too exciting to watch.

Not really one of my favorite Columbo movie entries but it's amusing and good enough to watch, especially for the fans, since it follows the usual formula and features the usual Columbo ingredients, that makes all Columbo movie so perfectly watchable and enjoyable to watch.


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